Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic Presents the Influence of the Brain/Spine Connection in Back Pain

The brain and the spine. They are connected. They are connected more closely than any of us appreciate as we go about our daily lives. Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic keeps this connection top-of-mind as we take care of our Eugene back pain sufferers’ spines and listen to their stories of pain and ways of coping. Eugene chiropractic care at Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic respects the brain and spine connection and use gentle, safe chiropractic services including spinal manipulation to reduce pain concerning both.

BRAIN CHANGES IN Eugene BACK PAIN

Pain changes the brain. A person in pain feels it. Special tests today can reveal it. BOLD (blood oxygen level dependent) responses were examined after stimulating lumbar spinous processes with manipulation and demonstrated activity in the secondary somatosensory cortex, cerebellum and other brain areas. (1) Motor cortex stimulation triggers a spinal anti-inflammatory response to decrease pain. (2) Depression, anxiety, cognitive deficits often come with chronic constriction of the sciatic nerve because of its effect on the medial prefrontal cortex. (3) Spinal manipulation may be a way to deal with the brain changes in chronic pain and its associated issues.

SHORT TERM STIMULATION’S EFFECT ON BRAIN

Stimulating the brain even for a short time may impact the pain experience. A recent study on Euclidean distance between cortical sources and temporal dynamics of plastic changes in the somatosensory cortex of the brain had even your Eugene chiropractor’s mind spinning a little! What a topic! Without having to understand all these terms and measurements shared in the study, know that the study shared that the brain, even the adult brain, is pliable. Of course, the young brain in development is most malleable, but with the proper input, the older, adult brain can transform. The researchers in this study measured and compared the brain’s cortical size before and after stimulation and compared them on MRI. They noticed a difference. More research should be done, but they did describe that long term experience establishes cortical organization while transient, new and different stimulation can spark cortical reorganization of the adult brain. Such changes have been seen in musicians, Braille readers, and persons after spinal manipulation and stroke rehab. (4) This understanding of the brain contributes to the Eugene chiropractic treatment plan!

BRAIN CHANGES WITH CHRONIC PAIN

Just how is the chiropractic treatment plan influenced by such information of the brain? Let us start by examining the brain with chronic pain. The two brain regions that encode the intensity of pain and add to the whole experience of chronic pain are the primary somatosensory cortex and posterior insular cortex. (5) The cortex of the brain was shown to be thinner in chronic low back pain patients. After treatment, the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex is thicker. To the researchers, this indicated that treating chronic pain can restore normal brain functions. (6) Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic treats Eugene back pain patients all day long. It is amazing to think that treatment might alter more than just the pain response!

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Listen to this PODCAST by Dr. James Cox on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he defines more clearly the brain and spine and pain connection, illustrates in more depth how the cells of the body are continually remodeling and adjusting to their ever-changing mechanical environment, and how chiropractic may help.

Schedule a non-surgical Eugene chiropractic care appointment with Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic for your pain, brain, and spine! The connection is there between pain and the brain. Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic can get in the middle of those two and help you find some Eugene pain relief.

 
Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic shares at the connection between the brain and spine in back pain patients to better help them find pain relief. 
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